Career Opportunities at Big Rivers

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Big Rivers Electric Corporation is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Electrification Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI and Title VII, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Civil Rights Act of 1991, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Labor, OFCCP which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or disability shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any of this organization's programs or activities.

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PROFILE: The Vice President Environmental Compliance (VPEC) reports directly to Big River Electric Corporation’s (BREC’s) Senior Vice President of Operations and supervises six employees including a Director of Environmental Services that supervises three Chemists, a Member Systems Environmental Compliance Specialist, and a Senior Drafter. Peer positions in the division include a Director of Fuels Procurement, a Director of Production Services, a Director of Maintenance Service & Project Management, and two Plant Managers.

CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS: BREC employs a lean team of working executives that have been successful in recent years positioning the cooperative to serve its members while facing significant load challenges. The VPEC position will be a key executive team member charged with contributing leadership at every level of the cooperative including its governing body. He or she will also be responsible to engage with the senior team on a wide variety of business challenges beyond the management of environmental compliance.

The VPEC is directly responsible to proactively monitor and interpret all state and federal environmental regulatory activity and to develop, execute, and monitor resultant programs to ensure the success of BREC and its member-owner cooperatives. This will include generation and transmission assets and all regulatory and compliance activity applicable to BREC’s facilities, including but not limited to air, water, and waste. Substantive experience with a state commission is desired as is exposure to permitting and monitoring programs. Additional experience with regional transmission organizations (RTO) and/or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is desired.

As BREC is regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission and enjoys healthy and active relations with numerous state agencies, the VPEC will be expected to develop and maintain such relationships at the state level and to support all related environmental activity with both governing and non-governing organizations. These organizations include compliance challenges with the Midwest Independent System Operator, a minimal-yetincreasing level of FERC activity, external organizations such as the Kentucky State Energy and Environment Cabinet, and representation of BREC’s interests with peer organizations through NRECA. The VPEC will be the primary conduit between regulators, the leadership team, and execution of exemplary compliance programs with the environmental division and plant personnel and will support project construction teams as necessary. Candidates should offer the ability and willingness to have a presence at all levels of the organization, including participation in cooperative board meetings. Ideal candidates will provide evidence of a collaborative and teamoriented work history and excellent communication and people skill with a vision to ensure the fusion of success between environmental compliance goals and the goals of the cooperative. Experience as an advocate in the regulatory development process is also desired.

Kentucky is generally a state in strong support of coal as a fuel for electricity production with around 75% of capacity generated with coal-fired power plants. BREC’s members remain in support of coal as long as the economics continue to support operation of coal-fired facilities in full compliance with the state and federal expectations. Although the cooperative eliminated less economic generators from its portfolio, BREC’s members invested significantly in past years to maintain high-performing coal-fired generation units while ramping up.

diversification of its portfolio. Longer-term goals for the power portfolio include a balance between coal, natural gas, and a mixture of renewable and hydroelectric generation. Ideally, candidates will offer depth of experience with coal-fired generation. Additional experience with a mixture of generating fuels and renewables could be beneficial to applicants.

It is the strong desire of BREC leadership that candidates offer experience as an attorney in environmental and regulatory compliance. A juris doctor (JD) degree is highly preferred but may be substituted by equivalent regulatory and compliance leadership experience at the state level and an applicable bachelor’s degree with an MBA. A combination of engineering and legal degrees could be ideal; however, while the organization seeks technical competency in the successful candidate, leadership with regulatory bodies, the board, and internal personnel is the priority.

BREC employs an in-house General Counsel and two support attorneys that report through the finance organization. An attorney in the organization manages all other Public Service Commission affairs including legislative and non-compliance regulatory matters. BREC employs an internal lobbyist and also contracts lobbying work outside the organization.

Experience in the State of Kentucky is desired. Experience in a regulated electric utility environment is also desired.

Compensation for the VPEC is open dependent upon experience and will include an annual incentive up to 6%, a company vehicle, and a generous Fidelity defined contribution plan. Benefit summaries supplied via email upon request.

Timeline: Application deadline is February 18. Please email all materials in PDF format.

Contact Information:

Joyce Gallo, Senior Recruiter; (800) 525-9082;

Scott A. Fry, Managing Director; (800) 525-9082;


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The candidate should be knowledgeable in reading ladder logic diagrams and have the ability to trouble shoot system faults using generally acceptable procedures and practices.  General understanding of medium voltage switchgear, 480v Motor Control Centers, and protective relaying.  Understanding of generally acceptable maintenance practices for large and small transformers, motors, and generators. The candidate will also have the responsibility of developing and implementing a short and long term strategic plan that supports the needs for an electric generating station, including responsibility to monitor and support other related electrical maintenance activities.

Under the general direction of the Maintenance Manager, responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and implementing engineering, design policies, and maintenance activities for plant electrical systems.  Requires a high level of judgment, analytic ability and creativity, such as investigating moderately complex problems or situations, analyzing information and recommending solutions.

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering required or an alternate combination of education and experience, which results in equivalent job knowledge. Requires thorough knowledge of power plant operations and electrical systems. Good communication and supervisory skills required.  Respirator release required. Requires the ability to use formal engineering training in practical application in a power plant environment.

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